General information about the country
Switzerland is world-renowned for making some of the, if not the most precise mechanical watches in the world, but what is its reputation when it comes to scuba diving?
Well, just because Switzerland is nestled deep inside inland Europe, bordered by no seas or oceans, and its lowest point is almost 200 meters above sea level, doesn't mean that it isn't a prime country for scuba diving. Switzerland's lakes, rivers, and caves have some of the most mesmerizing diving sites in all of Europe.
Switzerland is located in central Europe, smack-dab between 3 European super-powers: Italy, France, and Germany.
The most notable feature of Switzerland's terrain is its mountainous region, the Swiss Alps. The Alps are an extensive mountain range that lies exclusively in Europe. Although 65% of Switzerland is covered by the Alps, only about 14% of the entire Alps are in Switzerland. And although the Swiss portion of the Alps is small, it contains some of the highest and most notable peaks in the entire range (alpenwild.com, 2018).
Switzerland has 4 official languages:
German is the most widely spoken language, with roughly 63% of Swiss citizens claiming it as their native language (admin.ch, 2016). This does not necessarily mean that you can get by anywhere in Switzerland knowing only German, as the dominantly spoken language depends on which region you are in.
English is the most widely spoken foreign language, but you should only rely on it if you plan to stay in touristic cities exclusively. Diving centers in Switzerland tend to have English speaking guides and instructors in order to accommodate tourists.